Tamboti Bowl

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Project by rance posted 11-22-2011 12:56 AM 1583 views 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Wow. I really should get a handle on my pictures.

I had purchased this blank from WoodCraft 3-4 years ago. I let it sit for a while before initially attacking it. I mounted it to a faceplate and proceeded to turn to a cylinder. All edges smooth and bottom faced off. With most of the wax turned off, I then put it to the side on the shelf.

Another two years pass and I see it sitting there on the bench. I say to myself “Self, I have just a little more experience by now so it may be time to try this one.”. Well, I mount it back on the faceplate and proceed towards the lathe. This was one of the densest wood I’ve turned. It still seemed like it had wax on it though. The closer I got to final size, the slower I took it. I paid particular attention to getting THIS one to a nice smooth curve on the inside and outside. That’s been my downfall in the past. Scrapers can sure clean up Bowl Gouge marks, right? :)

Hey, God did the difficult part of this one. I only revealed it. Width is about 5.5”. Finish is WDO (Watco Danish Oil).

Note: Those little black marks in the first picture are really part of the grain, they are not dings. The ‘Micro Bead’ is one of the things I learned from the presentation from Alan Lacer .

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#1 posted 11-22-2011 01:00 AM

That is a really nice piece! It almost looks as if the grain is actually raised in places – kind of rippled.

Tamboti? That’s a new one for me – I have to do some research on this stuff – really cool!

Great job Rance!


-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: /

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#2 posted 11-22-2011 01:11 AM

Self, you did a good turning for this one, specially by choosing which end to be the opening top. you’ve exposed the central grain in a very nice way.

-- Sam Shakouri / CREATING WONDERS WITH WOOD.....Sydney,Australia....

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#3 posted 11-22-2011 02:13 AM

it’s a beut!

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#4 posted 11-22-2011 03:26 AM

Myself thinks that is a very handsome bowl.

I really want to turn again. What a fun way to spend a couple of hours. You seem to have reached a turning point (ha) as far as having the courage to attack these. Neat.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#5 posted 11-22-2011 03:28 AM

This sure has been a work in progress Rance, “Self” got there in the end & has a nice piece to boot, well done :)

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#6 posted 11-22-2011 04:12 AM

That’s a nice turning, Rance. I’m wondering though, is it a dark wood, or a light wood? Which photo is closer to the wood’s coloring? And is Tamboti the name of the species?


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Lee A. Jesberger

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#7 posted 11-22-2011 06:11 PM

Very nice job, Rance.

Following Steve’s lead…it turned out well!


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#8 posted 11-22-2011 11:57 PM

Thank you all for the kind comments. I would really like to keep this one, but as you all know, you can’t keep em all. I am especially proud of Steve though. His puns are turning up everywhere.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#9 posted 11-24-2011 01:31 AM

More great work Rance. Of course, my opinion is a bit skewed. But the point is you’ve done a nice job getting those new skills engrained into your repertoire of lathe skills. You started with a new blank here. You’re never one to turn down any wood, yet here you are doing it.

You grow with every new project. And you’re sharing what you learn with others. A great legacy….

-- Rod ~ There's never enough time to finish a project, but there's always time to start another one.

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#10 posted 01-06-2012 07:42 PM

This is great. Love working with Tambooti, (AKA African Sandlewood) Please tell me you wore a respirator when you worked it? Right? :)

-- Jen ~ Happiness is being covered in sawdust.

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#11 posted 01-10-2012 08:51 AM

Rod, you always bowl me over with your witty comments. Thank you Jen. I’ve got my eye out for more of this wood. Every time I pass this one, I have to touch it.

Actually I did not even wear a mask. It never occurred to me. Should I have?

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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